Thanksgiving is this week, so I thought I would list the things for which I am thankful.
What, you thought I was going to discuss cowboy music?
I am thankful for my hometown. I have been to the big city and enjoyed the energy, the diversity, food from a truck, street musicians and unlimited restaurant choices. But none of that compares to old friends, new friends, restaurants where the staff already knows how I like my coffee (just enough cream to take the edge off) and being 100 percent positive that I will see familiar faces every time I walk down Sheridan Avenue.
I am thankful I live in a place where a retired United States senator invites you to call him by his first name.
I am thankful that I can walk past the Dairy Queen and see a former U.S. cabinet secretary and a U.S. senator (not the same one who still lives in town and goes by his first name) enjoying ice cream cones after the dedication of the Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center.
I am thankful the West is still alive and that people can visit and see a real rodeo and real cowboys, listen and dance to terrific country and western music and to truly get a feel for what it was like here when the area was settled.
I am thankful that we can visit a world-class museum complex. When my big-city friends visit, they are sincerely impressed at what a spectacular place the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is.
I am thankful I can leave my front door unlocked and walk my dog at any time of day or night.
I am thankful for so many great trout streams.
I am thankful for the tourists who come to visit our town every year. I love meeting new people and hearing them talk about their home towns.
I am thankful to live in a place where people still do business with a handshake.
I am thankful to know that this week when the citizens of Cody will sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner, people with no family in town will be welcome in homes all over town.
Please enjoy your Thanksgiving.
Loving’ life and thinking about leftovers in Cody, Wyo.